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Meet Dean Fox

Garey Fox joined NC State in 2017 as a professor and head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at CALS. He has over 10 years of administrative experience and 20 years of academic experience in research, teaching and outreach focused on surface water and groundwater interaction related to water quantity and quality.

Fox’s research focuses on surface water and groundwater interaction with applications for stream bank erosion and failure, sediment and nutrient transport, and the design of vegetative filter strips and riparian buffers. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has published approximately 150 peer-reviewed articles in several refereed journals and served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grant-funded projects totaling over $27 million.

Fox was named the first editor-in-chief of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) journals, a position he held for four years. He served on the ASABE Board of Trustees from 2019-2022, was honored as an ASABE Fellow in 2020 and received the society’s presidential leadership citation the same year. He was recognized with ASABE’s James and Karen Gilley Academic Leadership Award in 2021.

Before joining NC State, Fox worked at Oklahoma State University as a professor and the Orville L. and Helen L. Buchanan Chair in Biosystems Engineering for the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. Concurrently, he was the director and Berry Endowed Professor at Oklahoma State’s Water Resources Center. He was previously a faculty member at the University of Mississippi.

Fox earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University and a doctorate in civil engineering from Colorado State University.